Cool Toys Pic of the Day – Hack Design

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Cool Toys Photo of the Day – Hack Design
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Image by rosefirerising
Hack Design:
www.hackdesign.org

In their words:
“We know tons of hackers. They’re the modern-day Renaissance men and
women who love to learn, explore, build, and take things apart. A
hacker can make software do anything. We know design can seem nuanced,
subjective, and inaccessible sometimes, but we’re working on this
project to help change that.

We’ve asked some of the world’s ideal designers to help us curate the
best and most useful blogs, books, games, videos, and tutorials that
helped them learn critical elements of design. We’re organizing them
all into a digestable and iterative lesson plan so you can apply this
knowledge to your own project”

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t have time to get all I could
from my formal education. In this case, it means I don’t get a chance
to take all of those User Experience courses that I would love to
integrate into my curriculum, because my schedule is already jam
packed. That’s where Hack Design comes to the rescue. These are bite
size chunks of programming and design wisdom to help those of us that
want to have a deeper understanding of web content and design
principles. While I greatly appreciate the nuts and bolts discussions
of my current web programming class, the teacher freely admits that
she has terrible taste in colors and design and encouraged us to look
for external resources to fill that gap.

This site does a great job of pooling the collective wisdom of a
variety of astonishing web designers from small and massive companies as
well as thought leaders in individual experience. Currently there are six
months of lessons that are broken down into 4 week chunks and each
week is a new lesson (see screenshot). Each lesson gives a profile of
the designer who curated it, a brief synopsis of what to anticipate and
why it is important for design, and link(s) to materials that more
fully develop the theme for that week and contribute to the overall
theme for the month.

You have the option of viewing all of the lessons from the website, or
you can subscribe to the newsletter. Subscribing means a new lesson
is e-mailed to you apiece week for the duration of the program (see
screenshot). This is great if you happen to be a mortal that signs up
for a lot of services and then… maybe… occasionally completely
forgets that you’ve signed up and therefore forgets to check the site.
Yeah, I don’t know anybody like that!

While I’m only on week two, so far the lessons are simple and enjoyable
to follow. I’m hoping that they will continue to iterate and help me
apply design principles to more than just coding. In fact, I wish
there were more professional development opportunities that work this
way. I find that I learn superior when I get small chunks over a period
of time rather than trying to cram it all in at once. You can also go
back and review previous lessons so if you get to the next week and
realize you don’t remember anything from the previous week, you can
always go back and review it again.

This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student
assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Irrational Studios: looking for a Junior Designer
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Image by *spo0ky*
Irrational Studios is a specialised individual experience, information design and branding studio.

Our primary client, Travelstart, is expanding to 15 countries in 2007 and we need some extra help handling the design roll-out.

We found this quote from Terry Irwin about hiring designers. It rings very true for Irrational Studios too:

"It was always a useful litmus test for interviewing prospective designers to place a 1040 Income Tax Form on the desk and ask them how they would like to redesign it. If their eyes glazed over or they broke out in a cold sweat, I knew it wasn’t likely to be a good fit."

So to paraphrase: if you’re not passionate about making complex information understandable and meaningful to human beings, please don’t apply!

You’ll be responsible for:
– Design of promotional material for both print and web within brand guidelines (business cards, competition updates, email signatures, wine labels, signage, newsletters, web banners etc)
– Maintenance work on the 15 international Travelstart websites (everything from preparing images to rolling out templates)
– Assisting with regular studio tasks

We know it’s not glamourous, but the position offers the opportunity to learn in an environment where ideal practices in UX and Info Design are being implemented for a successful international online business.

Requirements
– Photoshop
– ImageReady
– Illustrator
– Basic understanding of the principles of HTML + CSS
Advantageous
– Flash MX
– Affinity for grid systems
– Undying love for Edward Tufte 🙂

Personal Skills/Attributes
– Willingness to learn
– Capability to think systematically
– Disciplined
– Obsession with detail & clarity of communication

Details
Remuneration: Negotiable
Province: Western Cape
Education level: Diploma
City: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Job level: Junior
Benefits: Negotiable

Contact
Anne-Sophie Leens
Irrational Studios
+27 21 462 6062
anne-sophie@irrational-studios.com

Cool Toys Pic of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)

A few nice choosing keywords images I found:

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

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